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across the country. tornadoes on the ground, floods turning streets to rivers, and hail sending many running for cover. indra petersons tracking the areas hardest hit and who is in the storm's crosshairs today. finally free. a 15-year-old girl kidnapped from her home ten years ago found alive. this morning she's finally back with her family. we will tell you this remarkable and alarming story, ahead. >> that's right. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." good to see you today. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday, may 22nd. it is 5:00 a.m. exactly in the east. let's begin with shocking, new allegations this morning that the va may be mistreating some of the veterans most in need of medical care. in a story first seen here on cnn, a doctor at the phoenix va says injured veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan are not being given priority appointments, despite a national mandate putting them at the front of the line. and dr. katherine mitchell told drew griffin this was happening as recently as a few weeks ago.
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>> reporter: you're telling me that our troops coming back from war, now separated from active service -- >> who should have priority for scheduling do not. >> reporter: -- who are coming to the phoenix va for follow-up care for war injuries -- >> correct. >> reporter: -- are being put on a waiting list and made to wait six to ten months? >> yes, or longer. >> the phoenix va is 1 of 26 facilities now under investigation, accused of falsifying appointment records with sometimes deadly consequences. in seattle, a family is suing the va, saying scheduling delays were responsible for a veteran's death because his cancer was able to spread. and in portland, oregon, va officials say schedulers made veterans wait more than 14 days for an appointment 30,000 times. the president says he is outraged at the allegations. he is promising punishment if those allegations are proven true. >> we are going to fix whatever
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is wrong, and so long as i have the privilege of serving as commander in chief, i am going to keep on fighting to deliver the care and the benefits and the opportunities that your families deserve now and for decades to come. that is a commitment to which i feel the sacred duty to maintain. >> the president says someone will be held accountable, but for now he's standing behind veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki. shinseki today is on capitol hill holding closed-door meetings about the va scandal, as the president's point man on the crisis, rob nabors, visits that phoenix va to see for himself what's being done there. now to nigeria, where this morning more u.s. service members and some critical technology have joined the search for more than 200 kidnapped girls now held for more than a month. the pentagon has put 80 service members on the ground in neighboring chad, equipped with predator drones.
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vladimir duthiers is live in abuja with the latest on this. vlad, what kind of difference can these drones and these extra troops make? >> reporter: hey, john, good morning. well, this is going to make some difference, because up until this point, the nigerian military, six weeks on after these girls were abducted in the middle of the night from their dormitories, has not been able to locate them. the president of nigeria, goodluck jonathan, saying he has no idea where they are, but he has 20,000 nigerian troops in northeastern nigeria actively searching for these girls, still coming up empty-handed. so, whatever the united states, france and china, the other countries surrounding nigeria, chad, niger, cameroon, benin, putting each battalion of troops on the ground to help locate these girls, it's going to hopefully do something to bring a resolution to this, but six weeks on, we still have no idea where these girls are. and for the parents waiting for some kind of hope, some semblance that these children will be back to them, they're going to have to be waiting for some time to come, john.
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>> again, we're talking about the new u.s. effort. the u.s. says these troops will stay there as long as their help is needed, but is there any sense right now that they're getting any closer to finding these girls? >> reporter: yeah, you know, intel reports suggest these girls may have been split up into smaller groups and trafficked into neighboring chad, cameroon, niger. you're talking about an area the size of west virginia, large area, very dense, essentially boko haram stronghold. these guys come armed to the teeth, rocket propelled grenade launchers, even antiaircraft weapons. so, this search has been going on, we're told by the nigerian government, has been active, but many of the people we talked to, john, say they've seen no significant military presence, no police presence. in fact, we talked to a woman last week whose daughter is being held by boko haram. she hadn't even been interviewed by the government or the military. so, still a long way to go, john. >> a long way to go, maybe even just beginning. vladimir duthiers in abuja,
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thank you for being with us. today, the first meeting of a special house committee looking into deadly attacks on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya, that left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead. republicans allege the white house has been covering up what really happened ever since. now democrats have agreed to take part in that investigation and they've named five seasoned lawmakers to serve as their representatives on the panel, including maryland's elijah cummings. he'll be the party's ranking member. >> i feel that i owe it to the families of ambassador stevens and the other brave americans who lost their precious lives to bring some minimal level of balance to this process and to check false claims wherever they may arise. >> the committee chairman, representative trey gowdy, is promising to lead a fair investigation. also today, the house is set to vote on a bill to change the way the nsa collects bulk phone
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records, but it's not the bill lawmakers are approved earlier. under the new plan, phone companies would keep those records, not the nsa, and the agency would have to get court approval to see the data itself, but the bill now allows for wider searches not necessarily tied to a specific person. civil liberties groups are calling the revised law too broad. a warning this morning from ebay. all right, everybody, change your password. >> again? >> do it now, this after the site says hackers got into a huge database containing personal information about more than 230 million customers. what was stolen? passwords, names, addresses, phone numbers, even dates of birth. there's no evidence any credit card information was taken. ebay says it's working with the fbi and other agencies to try to track down the hackers. >> i've changed so many passwords in the last month. the only person who can't get into any of my accounts is me. >> it's so true! i mean, it's just insert company name here and then it's the same story over and over and over again. >> i'm giving up.
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>> don't give up. don't give up. protect yourself. there we go! don't give up on markets. time for an "early start" on your money. stocks trading slightly higher across europe. dow futures are higher, too, about 26 points higher right now. the real big story in business, general motors. another recall, bringing the 2014 recall total to 29. that's 14 million recalled vehicles in the u.s., nearly 16 million worldwide. gm has recalled more vehicles in 2014 now than it has sold. the ceo, mary barra, showing extreme caution following the botched ignition switch recall earlier this year. that defect led to 13 deaths. and really, a lot of people are saying gm is now more aggressive on recalls after word got out that the company knew about the defect for years before acting. so, the big question, are gm vehicles safe? the answer is yes. gm still has a 4.4 safety rating from nhtsa, the same organization supervising all of these recalls. and of all the traffic deaths that occur each year, so few are
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tied to vehicle defects. the number is only about a fraction of a percent. while some of gm's recalls have been tied to accidents or required cars to be pulled off the road immediately, many of these recalls are for smaller issues that don't make cars unsafe to drive, tail lamp wiring, things like that. >> they've recalled more cars than they've sold this year? >> uh huh, and their whole profit for the first quarter basically wiped out by the amount of money they've had to set aside to pay for all this. >> interesting. eight minutes after the hour now. let's shift now to your weather. it could be a tough, tough day, dangerous for much of the country with a severe storm threat from the central plains to the northeast. look at that map. >> denver in the crosshairs again this morning after a day when mother nature showered the city with this, hail! golf ball-sized falling there, but there was baseball-sized reported, too. several inches fell, enough to damage planes at the denver airport. there were multiple tornadoes spotted on the ground. look at this funnel cloud. you can see it there. and the winds were strong enough to bring down trees like this one that fell right on a house.
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wow. the thunderstorms, of course, also brought a ton of rain, flooding streets, making driving very, very dangerous. >> no one ever says tennis ball-sized or lacrosse ball. the same story in pennsylvania. pictures of flooding from elk county, northeast of pittsburgh. several serious thunderstorms rolled through, dropping 2 to 4 inches of rain an hour there. >> wow. >> that is a lot of rain. and look at this picture right now. this is why we tell you do not drive through standing water. the hazard lights will not help you. this picture is from ohio, not far from dayton. heavy rainfall there flooded the streets, obviously, stranding that car. several interstates were shut down for hours. some drivers left stranded until crews were able to push the water out of the way. >> wow. >> indra petersons tracking all of this today, where it's headed. what do we need to know, indra? >> busy morning for you. >> just a little bit. across the entire country we'll be talking about severe threats out there today. scatter and widespread, new york down through d.c., then a section around nashville, kind
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of going towards chattanooga and again today, almost the third day in a row around denver you're talking about more severe weather and likely more hail headed your way. and down to the south, out towards midland, texas, those are the four spots we'll be watching closely. two systems making their way across, one in the northeast. we're looking at that guy, really already producing rain in the northeast. and this guy, especially into the southern plains, this is huge. we keep talking about this because they've had this huge deficit of rainfall, really bad drought conditions, and finally, some heavy rain is headed in their direction as a slow-moving system kind of lingers. so, for that, we're talking about several inches of rain. looking at the flooding potential high along with drought conditions there. that's the reason we're going to be talking about flooding in that region. meanwhile, into the northeast, again, looking for the threat for severe weather, especially as the afternoon comes. the temperatures ramp up. you're going to be looking at that concern, especially look at this. notice d.c. looking for a high today of 85. new york city dropping today down to 66. you see that boundary right there, that huge temperature clash? that sets up that severe weather threat, especially behind the warm front. there you go, all that warm, moist air comes in, you have the
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front making its way across. that's the concern today for severe weather, especially into the northeast. think about flights. look at the situation already this morning, only expected to get worse as the daytime heats up. just keep in mind, we could end on a good night. memorial weekend, it kicks out of here by saturday and looks so good. i'm happy. >> look at that for one more second. >> stare at it for a second, right? above normal, sunny. >> i like how you said think about flights. you can think about them, because most likely, you won't be taking them today. >> you will not be taking them. hang out in the airport, right? >> imagine that, because that's as close as you're going to get. >> thanks, indra. coming up, kidnapped, raped, held against her will for ten years. this morning, a california woman finally free. her accused captor behind bars. how she made it back home, ahead. and a tainted beef recall expands. nearly 2 million pounds of potentially contaminated with a dangerous bacteria. we will tell you the new states affected, coming up next. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu.
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stunning, sad story this morning from california. a 25-year-old woman has been found alive ten years after her mother's live-in boyfriend allegedly abducted her. take a look at the suspect. he's 41-year-old isidro garcia, arrested wednesday, booked on suspicion of kidnapping, rape, lewd acts with a minor and false imprisonment. now, the two of them lived apparently very public lives. look at these photos. she's not being identified, but she was 15 when she was allegedly drugged by garcia and taken from her mother. listen to neighbors who knew garcia and the young woman. they were stunned by the news. >> she always seems happy and he always makes with parties for her and everything, yeah. >> reporter: how about isidro? >> yeah, he was a really quiet man. he always say hi to everyone, uh huh. but -- >> reporter: and did it appear to you that she was under duress or -- >> no. >> reporter: nothing to indicate that she was being kept against her will? >> uh-uh. >> but police say garcia forced the victim to marry him
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illegally in 2012 using fake names and fake documents, fathered a child with her. we're told she was kept locked in a garage to keep her from escaping. the case finally came to light when the victim found her sister on facebook and authorities were contacted. we're learning new details in the boston marathon bombing case, including that the bombs used in the deadly attack were constructed in part using christmas lights and model car parts. prosecutors are also revealing in court records that suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev wrote a note while wounded and hiding from police in a boat, saying he was jealous of his dead brother, tamerlan, for going to the garden of paradise. he also asks allah to make him a martyr. lawyers for tsarnaev are fighting to keep the note and statements he made from his hospital bed out of his upcoming trial. all right, investigators in the aaron hernandez case are looking for help from tattoo artists. the heavily inked former nfl star's charged with murder in two separate incidents, the 2013 shooting death of a semi pro football player and a 2012
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double homicide in boston. prosecutors say the tattoo artists who did work on hernandez's right forearm, they may have crucial evidence. hernandez is being held without bail, is scheduled to be arraigned on the newest charges on may 28th. due in court today, michael jace, the actor accused of shooting and killing his wife just moments after she and her young sons returned from little legal practice. police say jace confessed in a 911 call and neighbors reportedly heard loud arguing moments before shots rang out. jace is probably most famous from his starring role on tv's "the shield," where he played a police officer. this is being called one of the largest roundups ever of people who shared child porn online. federal officials in new york arresting 70 men and 1 woman ranging from a police officer, a boy scout leader, a paramedic, an rn, all accused of trading child pornography using peer-to-peer file-sharing software. they were tracked using ip addresses. hundreds of computers were
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seized. authorities now are trying to identify the children in those pictures. there could be trouble on the tax front for donald sterling. l.a. county is investigating two properties, including sterling's childhood home, for potential tax fraud. they're reportedly looking at whether sterling and his sister duped the county out of thousands of dollars in property taxes by failing to report that the owners of record had been dead for decades. the official owners were sterling's late mother and his grandmother. as a result, officials say they were paying decades-old property tax rates, which you can bet were way, way lower. >> oh, yeah. all right, same-sex marriages will continue in pennsylvania, now that the governor has decided not to appeal a federal judge's ruling throwing out that state's marriage ban. governor tom corbett said in a statement he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, but he doubts the state could succeed on appeal. and with the attorney general having also passed on defending the law, it appears there is no one left to appeal the ruling to a higher court. this morning, more states could possibly be affected by the recall of potentially
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all right, while you were sleeping, the san antonio spurs demolished oklahoma city by 35 points in game two of the western conference finals. >> we have to acknowledge the greatness of tum duncan, who is just amazing. joe carter ha has that and more in the "bleacher report." >> hey, guys. speaking of tim duncan and ginobili, the big three in san antonio, they've been playing together 11 years in the playoffs. can you believe that, 11 years? they seem to never die. this game last night was close for a very short time, about a quarter and a half. then the spurs went on a huge run. by the third quarter, san antonio was up in this game by 29 points. it was during that span that you could see oklahoma city lose their composure. you see during a time-out, russell westbrook was seen yelling at kevin durant. the spurs, well, they took advantage of that, and danny green, of all people, had the hot hand last night. he made seven 3-pointers, which absolutely buried oklahoma city. it was their worst playoff loss ever. final score 112-77.
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spurs now up two games to nothing. by the way, it is worth noting that teams that go up 2-0 in a seven-game series go on to win that series 85% of the time. trending this morning on bleacherreport.com, we have learned that pacers star paul george suffered a concussion in game two against the miami heat. it happened on this play right here, when paul george took a knee to the back of the head by dwyane wade. the two of them were scrambling for a loose ball. paul george said he actually blacked out for a moment during that play. his status for game three is questionable. george has to first pass a league-mandated concussion test before he can play again. well, the super bowl champions, the seattle seahawks, were honored at the white house yesterday. president obama, of course, praised the team, but he also poked fun at richard sherman's infamous super bowl rant. >> i considered letting sherman up here to the podium today. giving him the mike.
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but yeah, we've got to go in a little bit, so. >> obama's good, guys. i think every year president obama gets a little funnier and his timing gets a little better. obviously, at the correspondents' dinner he was great, but yesterday poked fun at guys, but also gave a lot of guys credit, including richard sherman, saying he loves to root for an underdog. sherman has a great story, from compton, from drugs and gangs, all the way to stanford and now the highest paid in the league. >> making fun of sherman and also jokes at the correspondents' dinner. thanks. >> thanks, guys. big news this morning. new allegations of patient mistreatment at va hospitals, new allegations on top of everything else. we'll tell you what's happening today right after the break. whon a certified pre-ownedan unlimitedmercedes-benz?nty what does it mean to drive as far as you want... for up to three years and be covered? it means your odometer... is there to record the memories.
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culture of deceit? president obama vowing to fix health care for veterans after va hospitals across the country kept patients waiting for appointments and then allegedly covered up these extreme delays. this morning, the man at the center of that scandal heads to capitol hill amid brand-new allegations. we're breaking it all down for you. happening now, u.s. troops on the ground searching for hundreds of nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists. we're live in nigeria with the latest. tornadoes, hail and rain tearing down trees, damaging homes, and the severe storms aren't done yet. millions in their path today. our indra petersons is tracking it all down for you. welcome back to "early start." very busy thursday. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm john berman. great to see you this morning. 30 minutes past the hour. and this morning, one of president obama's top advisers is visiting the phoenix va.
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this is the center of a growing scandal right now, and really the center of disturbing, new allegations of delays involving care for wounded veterans. a doctor at the phoenix va tells cnn's drew griffin, who has broken so much of this information about this scandal, this doctor told drew that this facility is violating a national mandate in making injured veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan wait for months to get appointments. the worst part, dr. katherine mitchell says it was still going on as recently as a few weeks ago. >> reporter: you are telling me that our troops coming back from war, now separated from active service -- >> who should have priority for scheduling do not. >> reporter: -- who are coming to the phoenix va for follow-up care for war injuries -- >> correct. >> reporter: -- are being put on a waiting list and made to wait six to ten months? >> yes, or longer. >> 26 facilities nationwide are
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now being audited as part of this investigation. in portland, oregon, va officials say tens of thousands of appointment requests took more than 14 days to fill. and the va in seattle is now facing a lawsuit from a family who says delays in scheduling surgery contributed to the cancer death of a vietnam-era veteran. the president called veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki to the white house and demanded answers, saying he's outraged and insisting whatever's going on at the va needs to be remedied now. >> we are going to fix whatever is wrong, and so long as i have the privilege of serving as commander in chief, i am going to keep on fighting to deliver the care and the benefits and the opportunities that your families deserve now and for decades to come. that is a commitment to which i feel a sacred duty to maintain. >> the president also says
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someone will be held accountable, but he's standing by eric shinseki, the secretary, for now. the former general today is on capitol hill holding closed-door meetings with lawmakers. all right, the u.s. this morning is stepping up its search for hundreds of kidnapped nigerian girls held for more than a month by the terror group boko haram. now the pentagon has put 80 more service members on the ground, this time in neighboring chad, set to aid in the hunt with a predator drone. vladimir duthiers live in abuja with the latest for us. vlad, is there new optimism now that these new efforts might help? >> reporter: well, certainly, i would have to think that from the u.s. side, there is, that they actually believe that they can do something by putting these 80 u.s. military personnel in neighboring chad to assist with this search for these missing girls taken from their dormitories april 14th. six weeks on almost, no sign of them, christine. but a lot of people here in nigeria are skeptical. whilst they welcome the international attention and support of international
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countries, there is a strong feeling here that the government and the military has been unable to do the job, to get the job done. president goodluck jonathan in nigeria says he has 20,000 soldiers in northeastern nigeria actively looking for these girls, and yet, he also admits he has no idea where they are, christine. also, we know that u.s. intel reports suggest these girls may have been split up, trafficked into neighboring chad, cameroon, niger. it's going to be very challenging, no matter what kind of assets are brought to bear. >> let's talk about the assets, the 80 more u.s. service members, use of a predator drone. can you tell us what we expect them to be doing? these are boots on the ground, but this is mostly technical assistance? >> reporter: that's right. these are going to be maintenance officials, maintenance military personnel who will sort out the aircraft, maintain those aircraft, interpret the data that comes back from those aircraft. these are not combat boots on the ground, and there has not been a commitment by either the united states or france to do anything like that.
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the only military combat boots on the ground are going to be nigerian soldiers along with a battalion from each country in the neighboring area, chad, cameroon, niger, benin, offering one battalion of troops to assist in the search. now, for our audience in the united states, this is still going to be a very difficult search, because if you recall, joseph kony has done this as well. he's kidnapped children, and it's taken years for anybody to find them. in fact, many of those children are still missing, christine. >> vladimir duthiers, thank you so much for that. on capitol hill today, a first meeting of the house select committee looking into the benghazi attacks, this a day after democrats agreed to participate in this panel investigating whether the white house covered up what happened at the diplomatic compound september 11th, 2012. you'll remember, the u.s. ambassador and three other americans died that day. among the five democrats named in this committee is maryland's elijah cummings. he says their goal is to ensure the committee doesn't turn into a partisan witch hunt. >> i feel that i owe it to the families of ambassador stevens
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and the other brave americans who lost their precious lives to bring some minimal level of balance to this process and to check false claims wherever they may arise. >> all of the democrats served on other committees that have already investigated the attacks. the top republican on the select committee, representative trey gowdy, is pledging the work will be fair. the house of representatives is set today to vote on a major overhaul of how the nsa handles phone data. under the bill, the agency can no longer collect that data itself. it will reside instead with phone companies and the government would have to ask a court for permission before it can look at those call records. but civil liberties groups are upset that some provisions have been changed to give the government more leeway in creating broader searches. if you have an ebay account, be sure to change your password. that company revealing that hackers got into a huge database there containing the personal
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information of more than 233 million customers. their credit card information should be safe, but ebay says hackers have taken names, e-mail addresses, passwords, phone numbers, birth dates. ebay says it is working with the fbi and other agencies to try to track down the hackers. >> and what's the john berman famous line about this? you've changed them several times -- >> i've changed my password so many times that the only person who can't get in is me! i don't know my passwords for anything anymore. >> you have a little sticky in your wallet that has all the passwords. time for your money. european and dow futures are slightly higher. the big story, folks, is gm. another recall announcement brings the company's grand total to 29 recalls for this year. gm earmarked $1.7 billion to deal with recall costs last quarter, essentially wiping out its profits. the company has fines paying nhtsa $35 million for its handling of that botched ignition switch recall that led to 13 deaths.
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some perspective on that fine? gm revenue is about $415 million or so every single day, so a lot more money is coming through the books than that $35 million fine. what does this mean for the rookie ceo, mary barra? >> the challenge for her right now is she's got to deal with this crises. she's got to -- and i think she's doing a lot of the right things, insisting on recalls, getting this investigation done. she's hired outside consultants. but at the same time, she's got to continue to run a car company. >> yeah. the good news for barra, gm is still selling cars as still the number one automaker in the u.s. and mary barra's been getting pretty high marks for how she's handled this so far, but you're in the second inning of all this. they've got to really clean it up and show going forward it is a new gm. >> there is utility getting all the bad news getting all the bad news out at once. >> that's true. let's talk about the weather now, because the picture potentially dangerous and dark for a big swath of the country. look at this map. millions could be in the path of
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thunderstorms. what could they do? they could spawn tornadoes from the plains to the east coast. >> get ready for more trouble in denver, a day after this happened. that's golf ball-sized hail covering the ground. baseball-sized hail reported, too. several inches fell in and around the city, enough to damage planes at the denver airport. the storms were responsible for putting up to five tornadoes on the ground, including this one here. and the winds in some areas topped 50 miles per hour, dragging down trees. of course, thunderstorms mean a lot of rain, and serious flooding was reported throughout the region. and pennsylvania, sudden thunderstorms inundated this community northeast of pittsburgh. 2 to 4 inches of rain an hour there as the storms just came one after another. near dayton, ohio, heavy rainfall filled the streets. look at this. hazard lights not going to help one bit. trapping cars, even shutting down two major interstates. hundreds of drivers were stranded for hours until crews could clear these roads of all that water. all right, so, indra petersons, what can we expect today? >> you know i'm still stuck on
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that video, the video of what -- >> makes you so angry. >> so angry every time. more people die from flooding than any other severe weather. add those up together. more people die from flooding. i can't stand seeing those pictures. please be careful out there because again today, more severe weather. we're looking at new york down to d.c. notice it's spotty, scattered out there, nashville, chattanooga. still, again, third day in a row around denver we're going to be talking about more hail, more thunderstorms. the threat for severe weather still there, even out towards midland, texas. here's what's going on. two systems making their way across the country. we had the northeast. we're still looking for that. also, down around the southern plains. this is huge. we keep talking about it. everyone's been watching and waiting for rain in the southern plains. finally, they're getting some. it may be too much in a short period of time. flooding concerns could be out there as well. as far as rain totals, heavier amounts in the southern plains. maybe only an inch or two into the northeast, but remember, under those isolated heavier thunderstorms, we showed you what happened out towards philadelphia, you could still have a threat for flooding.
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so, that's the concern there. why are we talking about severe weather in the northeast? look at the temperature difference. all the hot, humid air, d.c. up to 85 today. just north of us, new york city looking at 65. that temperature clash brings that threat for severe weather. all the elements combine, and notice you have the system making its way across. and today, already, already seeing the thunder and lightning out there, and it's only expected to get worse. again, think about the flights. a lot of delays are going to be out there, major airports, philly, d.c., new york, even out towards denver. you are all in the trouble zone. by memorial day weekend, it looks better in the northeast, kicks out of here by saturday. >> all right, we're going to count on that. >> thank you, indra. a 15-year-old girl kidnapped a decade ago is found alive, held against her will for ten years. how she made her way back home. it might surprise you, after the break. mine was earned in korea in 1953. afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation.
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mystery solved in california. a 25-year-old woman has been found alive after ten years in captivity. police say she was kidnapped by
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her mother's live-in boyfriend. here's the suspect, 41-year-old isidro garcia, arrested wednesday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, rape, lewd acts with a minor, also false imprisonment. the two apparently lived a very public life. look at these pictures. wow. police are not identifying the victim. she was 15 when she allegedly was drugged by garcia and snatched from her mother. neighbors who knew garcia and the girl could not believe this news. >> she always seems happy and he always makes with parties for her and everything, yeah. >> reporter: how about isidro? >> yeah, he was a really quiet man and he always say hi to everyone, uh huh, but -- >> reporter: and did it appear to you that she was under duress, or -- >> no. >> reporter: nothing to indicate that she was being kept against her will? >> uh-uh. >> police say garcia forced the victim to marry him in 2012 using fake names and fake documents. he also fathered a child with her. we're told she was repeatedly beaten and kept in a locked garage to keep her from
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escaping. the case finally came to light when the victim found her sister on facebook. that's when the authorities were contacted. >> and he told her repeatedly, police say, that her family stopped looking for her and that if she contacted anyone, that he would make immigration problems for her family. so, she was terrified, they said. >> it's crazy to see the pictures of them out in public. >> it really is. we're finding out more about the bombs used in the deadly attack on the boston marathon. prosecutors revealing in a court filing that these pressure cooker bombs were built using christmas lights and model car parts, and they were likely not constructed at the suspect's home. also revealed that dzhokhar tsarnaev wrote a note while wounded and hiding from police in a boat. in that note, he asks allah to make him a martyr. lawyers for tsarnaev are fighting to keep the note out of his upcoming trial. actor michael jace is due in a los angeles court today as he faces murder charges in the shooting death of his wife. this happened earlier this week after she and the couple's young sons returned from little league practice. neighbors reportedly heard loud
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arguing moments before the shots rang out. police say jace confessed in a 911 call. he might be most remembered for his starring role in tv's "the shield," where he played a police officer. let's take a look now at what's coming up on "new day." kate bolduan joins us now. >> good morning, kate. >> hey, kate. >> good morning, guys. we're following more disturbing allegations of wait times for u.s. veterans at va hospitals. cnn has learned that some combat vets are waiting months for care, even though a mandate requires them to receive priority, and these are new vets coming back from iraq and afghanistan. this as president obama promises accountability. but he is standing by the va chief, at least for now, we can say. so, what's really being done about this, you can call a national disgrace, and who is being held responsible? we'll discuss that with a couple of people. plus, an incredible story you've also been covering this morning. a woman finally breaks free after ten years of captivity, saying that she was forced to marry her captor, even give birth to his child. how was her real identity kept
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hidden for so long? they were essentially living right out in the open. we're going to talk with elizabeth smart, who survived, as you know, an unbelievable kidnapping herself, to get her take on this. >> interesting to hear her take, to be sure. >> it will. >> kate, thanks very much. 48 minutes after the hour. a critical food warning for millions this morning. a beef recall is spreading. nearly 2 million pounds possibly contaminated with a dangerous bacteria. new developments after the break.
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same-sex couples in pennsylvania this morning are really cheering the governor there after tom corbett decided not to appeal a federal judge's ruling making same-sex marriage legal in that state. in a statement, governor corbett said that while he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, he doubts the state could succeed on appeal. no other state official has stepped forward to defend the law, so it's in place.
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all right, new fears this morning in the recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef. the government has released a partial list of stores across nine states that may have received meat possibly contaminated with dangerous e. coli bacteria. so far, 11 people have been sickened. the meat came from the wolverine packing company and was produced between march 31st and april 18th. check your ground beef packages for this code. ready? est-2574b. another major pet food retailer, petsmart, is pulling chinese-made jerky treats from its stores in the u.s. and canada. the treats have been linked to more than 1,000 dog deaths and nearly 5,000 other pet illnesses. the fda still hasn't been able to determine the exact cause. petsmart joins its retail rival petco in removing the treats. they will not actually disappear from petsmart shelves until march of 2015. petco plans to pull the products by the end of this year. the government is trying to make airline fees more transparent. a new proposal would require airlines to tell passengers up
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front about additional costs, like fees for checked and carry-on bags. right now, the transportation department says many of those costs are buried, making it harder on passengers. the airline industry says the proposal overreaches. the public, you're going to get 90 days to comment, and officials say the rule could be finalized within the year. other big business news this morning. mcdonald's shareholders are meeting, this as protesters gather outside. they are very, very mad. we'll tell you why after the break. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. [ bottle ] ensure®. nutrition in charge™. the numbers are impressive. over 400,000 new private sector jobs... making new york state number two in the nation in new private sector job creation... with 10 regional development strategies to fit your business needs.
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all right, let's get an "early start" on your money this morning. european stocks and u.s. futures both slightly higher. dow futures now up 21 points. one group to watch, luxury stocks. u.s. shoppers are in general staying home, but rich people are buying lots of expensive stuff. earnings reports from tiffany, nordstrom, michael kors, they show the 1% spending is spending strong. retailers who cater to the 99% think staples, dick's sporting goods, jcpenney, all having a harder time. mcdonald's on lockdown today. the company shut down its headquarters ahead of its shareholder meeting this
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morning. protests are expected tied to everything from unhealthy food to low wages. 110 mcdonald's protesters were arrested yesterday. workers were calling for higher wages. in terms of wages, the average salary for a fast-food worker is $9.09 an hour. that's above the current minimum wage of $7.25 but well below what the president is asking for, $10.10. and worker themselves are calling for a $15 wage. that shareholder meeting kicks off today around 9:00 a.m. central. silicon valley has a new king. san jose is the tenth most populous city in america, and it's about to crack the million-dollar resident milestone. the census bureau is out with new data showing u.s. cities are still growing faster than suburbs, mostly in the south and west. texas getting bigger, by the way. 7 of 15 fastest growing cities were in texas. home prices follow that trend.
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trulia reports that nationwide, home prices are climbing at a faster rate in cities than suburbs. >> i was reading, though, we're reaching the tipping point where renting may make more sense than buying. >> in some places, yes, but rents in general have been going up, too, and that's something that especially young renters who don't want to be homeowners are frustrated because the rents are paying much faster than paychecks. >> i'm waiting on what could be six months, nine months, or longer. >> brand new allegations against the va. a doctor telling cnn that recent war vets coming home injured are forced to wait months for care. three senior officials are being called before congress today. we have to do better for our veterans. who will step up through them? on the ground. the u.s. sending 80 troops into west africa to help find those hundreds of missing nigerian girls. who are being sent and what is
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their mission? finally found. a woman kidnapped when she was 15 and held for ten years, forced to marry her captor and have his child. so brainwashed neighbors thought they were the perfect couple. she's free now and speaking out. your "new day" starts right your "new day" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning welcome to "new day." it's thursday, may 22nd. 6:00 in the east. the va scandal growing more shameful by the hour. cnn uncovers new allegations against the veterans affairs health system in phoenix where recently wounded vets returning from iraq and afghanistan were forced to wait for medical treatment for months. va officials apparently ignoring a national mandate to give them priority care. a doctor who runs the phoenix va's post deployment clinic made the shocking revelations to cnn's drew
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